A Nikon Coolpix L10 digital compact camera may provide vital clues in a murder investigation, say police.

Murder squad detectives are searching for the Nikon camera after it went missing from the home of Paul Munt whose body was found in a house fire in Sydney, Australia on Friday 13 March.

Munt, 48, had been stabbed in the chest.

‘Detectives are hoping to speak with anyone who may have any information about Mr Munt’s camera,’ said a police spokesman.

It is believed that the murderer set fire to the property to destroy evidence.

Police hope that images contained in the Nikon camera may provide new leads in the investigation.

In a statement appealing for help, New South Wales Police today released the serial number of the missing camera. It is 72112376.

For details visit www.police.nsw.gov.au

Picture: Murder squad detectives have today appealed for help in tracing a Nikon Coolpix L10 camera, similar to the one shown here. It is marked with the serial number ‘72112376’. The Nikon Coolpix L10 model was launched in 2007.

Nikon Coolpix camera image